A huge wasp nest has suddenly sprang up on the side of my house I don't
regularly walk by...
I did some poking around on the Web and most people recommend after
dressing accordingly by covering as much of your body as possible, wait
until very late in the evening when they're all in there and feeling
sluggish, spray the nest with a 25' foaming jet spray, then retreat until
the next day to scrape it off.
Alternatively, one fellow says if you can wait until October after the
first frost the nest will be vacant and then you can remove it with no
problem. I have no small kids running around but I do mow directly
underneath it and I don't know if that would provoke them or not.
Any other tips on how to deal with these unwelcome houseguests?
Get a can of Raid hornet/wasp spray. Shoots a super soaker size
stream and will take 'em out from 10'-15' away. Soaks the nest and
none will return. Feel free to take a propane torch to the nest a
couple days later, when all the attendent bugs have left.
I had a paper wasp nest on my rear house window one summer. I could
watch them tend to their nest from the safety of my living room.
honestly they arent aggressive unless provoked, i could cut the grass
under the nest but didnt hang out in the area:)
they basically left me alone and I left them alone:)
they dont reuses a old nest or nest site.
I would leave them be and let them do their thing...............
I find I can spray them anytime with the knockdown type wasp spray.
Did a yellow jackets nest this afternoon under my deck and didn't even
cover up - tank top and shorts - and I'm somewhat allergic to them.
Your nest looks like paper wasps which I find no where as vicious as
The jury is still out.
I've used it in the past and it was good. The last 2-can purchase I
bought from Walmart was suspiciously cheap. I'm wondering if Raid
hasn't gone the cheapo route and is making a lesser product, like
Walmarts grn label crap which does nothing to kill the damn things.
Ppl in this group have stated that Walmarts grn label is crap and it's
the black label I want. Whatever. Is the cheapo Raid product like
the Walmart grn label? At this time, I can't say.
Having almost been stung to death by wasps when I was 4 yrs old, I'm a
bit freaky on this issue. Been weird weather here in CO, this Summer,
so hardly any wasps/hornets and not much chance to try the Raid
product out. If Raid is lacking, I'll report back. ;)
I can now make a recommendation. Get Raid!
I was working on the door, yesterday, and was plagued by several
hornets/wasps. The biggest was an all black sucker. Looked like a
small tarantula wasp, about an inch long. Freaked me out, so grabbed
my can of Raid. Took the sucker out, mid-air, with a partial hit.
When it landed on the ground, it was convulsing. I finished
him off with a dribble shot. The stuff works just fine. ;)
The long distance insect spray sold by the parts houses to service techs
really does work. The electrical, plumbing, HVAC and construction supply
houses around here all carry it in one form or another. I've used both
foaming and non foaming types and have never been stung because of it. I
would spray the nest once, wait a while then hit it again. It may take
three or four applications but it works fast and makes the work area
relatively safe. I call it "Spray & Run!" :-)
That isn't huge, that's a small one compared to many I've seen.
The two pieces of advice are good. Wasp will nest come early to late evening
and that's when you get them with the spray. As long as you get the spray
into the entrance, they will not escape and die on contact.
The actual height from the ground will determine if they feel threatened as
you mow or pass by. If it's within a few feet, they may attack. About 10
feet or more, they usually leave you alone. Therefore, the call is yours to
make. I would kill the bastards now and not wait till fall.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Dennis M) wrote:
I wouldn't call that huge-- but it is a good start.
The only thing I'd worry about is if you open that window for
ventilation, they could find their way through the screen & end up
under your pillow while you sleep-- then they wake you up pretty
I'd leave them at my house. They eat lots of bugs, especially those
little green caterpillars in the garden. They also do a bit of
pollinating as they search for food.
If it was in the ground, or anywhere I might bump it, I'd use wasp &
hornet spray. [black can- works for me] Otherwise, enjoy watching
them and clean the nest off in the fall.
On Sun, 10 Jul 2011 19:22:22 -0500, email@example.com (Dennis
Those are not wasps. Wasps live on the outside of their nest, only
using it for an egg hatchery.
Those are hornets.
You can go after them at night but you still have to be careful. Don't
shine a light on the nest. It will wake them up.
Hornets are the Al Qaida of the stinging insects.
I am not allergic to insects stings, but one day a hornet stung me in
the back of the calf and I fell to the ground. It was like someone hit
me in the calf with a baseball bat.
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